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Forced Connections are incredibly prevalent in most people’s problem-solving processes, whether they’re aware of the fact or not. The tool is based on the fact that it is often easier to create interesting and unusual ideas if you connect the problem with random objects. Using Forced Connections is simple: all that is needed are some things to loo
Vote with Your Feet can be an energizer; it gets people up and moving, but with content related to the challenge at its center. It highlights where participants might disagree or have conflicting views which is often a good jumping off point for new thinking. It also can give insight to how people think or feel about an important topic, either
Another way to provoke new thinking is to take a field trip to a specific location that can add a dimension of first-hand knowledge that increases the participants’ understanding of the challenge and their ability to identify questions they wouldn’t have otherwise considered. For example, for an event about data privacy and security, we visited the
Plus 10 Talks are a specific type of provocation. We invite people to come and present the 5-10 minute version of the papers that they are going to give in 10 years time. The intention is to let them think far enough into the future so that they aren’t constrained by immediate reality, but close enough so that it isn’t pure science fiction. The pur
A provocateur might have little to do with the problem being addressed at the event, but offers the opportunity for participants to draw analogies or to make connections that might stimulate their thinking. Guest speakers can be entertaining and light, or provocative and intense – either way, they pull the participants into a different universe t
This is effectively a merge between ideation and development of an idea. We suggest 3 rounds of iterative idea exploration. This allows groups to explore multiple ideas as well as different future collaborators. Each round creates groups of mixed expertise, with different pieces of stimulus, or a seed of an idea, or a pool of options to choose.
Pluses (+), Potentials (P), Concerns (C), and Overcomes (o) is a way to generate feedback for new ideas. As academics, we are very good at shooting down new ideas. It takes times to develop new ideas and one way to kill it quick is to point out all the flaws early in this development. PPCo is a great tool for giving feedback in a meaningful way to
Trio listening is an activity that can be used in many environments. It gives equal airtime to introverts and extroverts, it releases listeners from the burden to respond, and lets all speakers be fully heard. Ideal Time 40 minutes; 5-7 minutes per person in the trio, 2-3 minutes between each speaker and a 5 minute debrief. Resources Needed (Highly
Speed Networking is a series of 4-5 minute one-on-one conversations. Between 6 and 12 five-minute chats per session is the right number. We usually do three to four sessions to work through the whole group. Ideal Time 5 minutes x the number of people in the room, or 30-60 minute time periods. Resources Needed Instructional slide (optional) An even